In chapter 4, God warns Nebuchadnezzar, the king over the vast empire and over other kings, that He is going to humble him if he doesn’t repent. When he refuses to repent, the LORD allows him to go insane for seven years. Nebuchadnezzar’s response after the ordeal is to write the entire kingdom and tell them, “I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me. 3) How great are His signs, And how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And His dominion is from generation to generation” (Daniel 4:2-3). This chapter should give us hope that God can do anything in any nation on earth.
King Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar’s son, is lifted up with pride in his heart also and God humbles him by allowing Darius the Mede to conqueror him.
“An excellent spirit” was in Daniel and when Babylon fell, King Darius made him one of his 3 Governors.” When kingdoms shake and fall, God is able to lift up and uphold who He desires. After reading this chapter it becomes obvious that Daniel didn’t believe in putting a cover over the “light” of his faith. He did what was right regardless of the threats and God sent His angel and delivered him. Daniel’s faith and victory resulted in King Darius writing the whole kingdom that they should fear the God of Daniel.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan